Our Premium Australian Chardonnays
Australian Chardonnay can take many forms, capable of being both light and mineral or rich and textured and right now, whatever its guise it is absolutely at the top of its game. It is now no secret, and very well documented, that Chardonnay from Australia is rivalling the best in the world for quality and far surpassing them in value and we are delighted to be able to bring you some of the country’s very best.
Our Award Winning Collection
Top Rated Chardonnay and 98 Points
NEW: 2016 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay
Top Rated Chardonnay at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
98 Points - James Halliday "A low yielding crop from the estate's home vineyard was fermented in equal parts new and used barriques, with full mlf, before a further 18 months of ageing in the same vessels, imparting a key lime zing to the aroma and a finely tuned meld of match strike flint. Lemon curd, white peach and grapefruit pulp purr along finely tuned mineral cylinders. This is exceptional, with winemaking a point. A challenge to differentiate between top white Burgundy and the stamp of a regional superstar!"
£31.95 per bottle
Our White Wine of the Year 2019: Winner
Sailor Seeks Horse Chardonnay 2017
Vinorium Award - 2019 White Wine of the Year Winner
98-99 points Stuart McCloskey "Marine, saline, oyster shell with touches of green apple, orchard flowers and a lovely streak of minerality on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, bright, alive with a slight chalkiness. There’s a lovely fabric to this wine. Tightly knit with subtle fruits interwoven with a tension which I find difficult to express in words. More a sense of completeness. The simplicity is quite breathtaking and rare to find these days. Tensile, reserved and unapologetically a personal expression of Paul & Gilli who are obsessed with producing wines which they love, rather than following fashions. I believe this to be one of those wines which will create much argument. Those edging toward flamboyance may show disdain, whereas those wishing to seek out ethereal balance and gracefulness will be swooning. I would argue this must be one of the greatest exponents of Australian Chardonnay I have come across and cannot wait to see how this individualist wine unfolds over the coming years. Regardless of which camp you stand in – May I suggest you, at the very least, try a Tassie Chardonnay which flirts with perfection (if only once). Decanted for 20-30 minutes and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware (as essential as the wine!)"
£44.50 per bottle
Our Best Value Wine of the Year: Winner
and Decanter Gold medal
Soumah's range is diverse and the quality exceptional throughout. The price versus quality is quite extraordinary and particularly evident with their ‘top’ Equilibrio Chardonnay, which should both be selling for vastly more. This wine is a reminder to other producers what is possible for around £35.00.
2017 Soumah Equilibrio Chardonnay
Vinorium Award - 2019 Best Value Wine of the Year: Gold
Gold Medal at 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
Best White Wine, Top Gold Medal at 2019 Int'l Cool Climate Wine Show
Gold Medal at 2018 James Halliday Chardonnay
Gold Medal at 2018 Victorian Wine Show
Gold Medal at 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show
Gold Medal at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Awards
Best White Wine Trophy & Platinum Medal at 2018 Japan Wine Challenge
Gold Medal at Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
97+ / 98+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “The concept behind Soumah’s Equilibrio range is to promote the very best barrels, clonal mix and new oak integration to create a few cases that will benchmark the potential of each vintage. A faint whiff of sulphur / gunflint. Tightly coiled and flirts between mineral and flint. With time, lemon oil expands the aromatics along with the most delicate, white flowers – a lovely sense of harmony. The palate has a beautiful tension and is far from flamboyant. Yuzu, freshly squeezed lemons, crushed stones / stony minerality provide a perfect crystal-like delineation. Reserved but far from miserly. More succinct, precise and as per its name, effortless equilibrium. It is tempting to drink now, but I would find a dark corner and ignore it for 2-3 years for that special experience. Better still, come back in a decade. In short, it is a very, very fine wine”. Served at a cool warehouse temperature & utilising Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware (I recommend decanting for 30 minutes too).
£35.95 per bottle
Decanter Platinum Award Winner 2019
2017 Domaine Naturaliste Artus Chardonnay
Exclusive to The Vinorium
Platinum Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
98 Points - Decanter "Big vanilla and toasty brioche nose. High toast, new oak on the palate with a great depth of ripe tropical fruit flavour, plus a rich vein of pineapple acidity that carries the youthful fruit. Everything is in place for this to evolve gracefully."
96 Points - James Halliday "Brilliant straw-green; white peach, cashew and melon are brought together under a net of grapefruity acidity that refreshes the mouth and calls for another mouthful of a wine with attitude and class."
£37.95 per bottle
Best Chardonnay at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
2015 Robert Oatley The Pennant Chardonnay
98 Points - James Halliday "Hand-picked from specific rows, whole-bunch pressed to French oak for wild fermentation, and 9 months maturation prior to bottling. Rigorous selection of five barrels. Pale straw-green; this is remarkable as is the vibrant freshness and poise of the palate, the flavours running from pink grapefruit to white peach, the length admirable."
97-98 Stuart McCloskey “A powerful nose of lemon oil, white flowers, sweet pastry, leading to lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and wet stones. The palate is medium-bodied, crystalline and delivers finesse over power. Currently, a wine filled with tension which runs to its core. That said, and with the benefit of time in the bottle and glass, spicy, citrus and stone fruits unfold with more aeration. Even a tinge of heat coming from fresh ginger. Complexity is the greatest component with a ten-year cellaring journey ahead which will be fascinating to follow. It’s great to see a Margaret River Chardonnay which isn’t afraid to be expressive from the get-go. I would cellar for 3-5 years for that real “wow” factor. Sensuous, zesty and a finish which is everlasting. Brilliant winemaking…Served at warehouse temperature and using Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware. PS: Impatience has gotten the better of me as this wine arrived only thirty-minutes ago. In hindsight, I would decant for 20-30 minutes. I’ll resample in a few weeks which is not too much of a hardship.”
£33.95 per bottle
Some of Australia's Greatest...
“Eileen Hardy Chardonnay is, in my view, the Grange of Australian white wines”.
Perfectly said Mr Spurrier and something we wholeheartedly agree with and the reason why we purchased the entire UK allocation, which is offered exclusively by The Vinorium. The commercials make for compelling reading. Yattarna (Penfolds quest for a white Grange) is a great wine and the quality is not in question. What is important to highlight is the enormous price gap between the 2015 Yattarna and our Eileen Chardonnay versus their respective qualities.
2015 Yattarna retails for £100+ per bottle and receives 97 points from Australia's most respected critic, James Halliday. Whereas the 2015 Eileen Chardonnay receives 98 points and is significantly better priced.
For a limited time and purely an exercise to show-off the sheer brilliance of the ’15 Eileen Chardonnay, we are offering our exclusive allocation for as little as £29.95 per bottle. There is no wine in our portfolio (or sampled this year) which comes
close for the money…
2015 Eileen Hardy Chardonnay
Tasmania, Yarra Valley and Tumbarumba
Vinorium Award - 2019 White Wine of the Year: Bronze
98+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “A stunning bouquet offering a profusion of aromatics ranging from vanilla, lemon zest, Seville orange marmalade, wet limestone to maritime salinity and finishing with freshly grated, spicy ginger. The wine has put on some weight with a lovely silky textural feel, but far from viscous. Harmonious and exquisitely judged to be succinct. Flavours are more difficult to pin down at this stage, but one thing is certain, it’s effortless and washes across my palate with consummate ease. I love the spice, salinity – very maritime which changes with more aeration. Fascinating is the wine's development in the glass. As I mentioned in my previous notes - This would shame many white Burgundies at double the price. This is simply a beautiful Chardonnay which offers more potential for those with patience. Just magnificent and for me, the best Chardonnay in our portfolio. The value is unbelievable. I recommend drinking this superb wine from now to 2028. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glassware” Tasted 9 May, 2019
98 Points - Stuart McCloskey "Less expressive than some 2015’s however, decanting for thirty minutes to an hour and serving in a large Burgundy glass brings this wine alive. The wine is silky, graceful with mouth-coating waves of life affirming minerality. Real breadth and depth here with a laser-like focus. I love the juicy yellow stone fruits and spices. I imagine this will be utterly spectacular in another 6-8 years. It is the nectar of the Aussie Gods and would shame many a white Burgundy at double the price. I recommend drinking this stupendous wine from now to 2028 and beyond (in good cellar conditions)." Tasted 27 March, 2018
98 Points – James Halliday "From Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Tumbarumba. Gleaming straw-green; manages to effortlessly combine power and intensity with elegance and glorious varietal fruit expression. White stone fruit is at the very heart of a palate that aspires to perfection. Quality French oak and minerally acidity play their parts, albeit largely forgotten in the wealth of fruit."
"The wine lives up to its reputation as
one of Australia's greatest chardonnays"
2016 Petaluma Tiers Chardonnay
97++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Sourced from the very first planting of Chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills and continues to be revered as one of Australia's greatest Chardonnays. The current bottle price of $115.00 supports its domestic reputation. Struck match fades with a few minutes of aeration to reveal a whole spectrum of aromas ranging from confit lemon, sea spray, freshly squeezed lemon and lime, lots of minerality and a background of beeswax. The palate is flawless, everlasting with the weight and crystalline delineation of a Grand Cru Burgundy. It’s certainly not shy in coming forward but does offer enough restraint not to be too overwhelming. There’s a lovely satin texture with a killer line of acidity running through its core. More savoury than fruity with white toast, cashew and creamy chalkiness / oiliness which coats the palate. Harmonious and the little bottle age has done it wonders. Clearly, we should seriously re-consider our price! Drink now through to 2030. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
97 Points - James Halliday "The wine lives up to its reputation as one of Australia's greatest chardonnays, and you wonder why it isn't more frequently mentioned in dispatches. The answer is at least partly due to the very small amounts judged by Petaluma to be up to the strict standards set. Grapefruit leads the superb flavours of the palate, white peach in close attendance. The acidity is precise, the oak merely a means to an end."
£26.95 per bottle
"Margaret River in a glass"
2017 Pierro Chardonnay
James Halliday "Oak runs fractionally ahead of the fruit but it will all catch up in time. This is powerfully flavoured and textured, though importantly it also manages both an elegance and a freshness. Margaret River in a glass, chardonnay the conduit."
Winemakers notes "100% Chardonnay Handpicked, hand-sorted, gently whole-bunch pressed. Fermented and matured in French oak (50% new, 50% one year old). Malolactic secondary fermentation. Hand-stirred on the lees for 12 months. Following on from the low yielding 2015 and 2016 vintages, 2017 saw a return to normal yields. Summer was cool and there was rain late in March, after the chardonnay harvest at PIERRO had been completed.
The 2017 continues the remarkable consistency and quality that is PIERRO Chardonnay. More aromatic than usual with hints of apple, melon and butterscotch. The palate is delicate and intense with length and precision. A wine that will build complexity with age and will reward cellaring."
£42.95 per bottle
Exceptional Quality and Outstanding Value
Our very first order is on its way to the UK shores from one of Yarra Valley’s best producers. Franco D’Anna, winemaker & owner at Hoddles Creek Estate, is a magician with Chardonnay with many believing he is one of Australia’s best.
The 2017 vintage in the Yarra Valley will go down as one of the classics. A long season, with enough rainfall to support growth without the need for irrigation, resulting in a stupendous 2017 1er Cru Chardonnay, which is sourced from Franco’s Top Paddock vineyard and is made only in the years deemed suitable for this label. The wine is fermented in mainly 2nd and 3rd fill (it changes depending on the season) and is stored in cask for 12 months then a further 3 months in stainless tanks over winter. Spending two winters in the cellar enables Franco’s team to bottle without filtration, fining or stabilisation.
We are also bringing across their 2017 & 2018 Estate Chardonnay with the Estate Pinot Noir available later this year. The ’17 was showing fabulously last year and as Gary Walsh of The Wine front penned “if you can’t buy with confidence from this producer in 2017, then there’s probably something wrong with you”.
2017 Hoddles Creek 1er Chardonnay
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront "This is swish. Straw-yellow in colour, stone fruit riddled, shy on the nose but textural and alive on the palate. A gentle creaminess, spice notes, slate even, honeysuckle and toast. Extremely pure. Flowing robes of flavour. Grapefruit-like bite to the aftertaste, as a distinct positive. It’s still gathering itself but already it’s a treat to drink. A beautiful, beautiful wine."
£30.50 per bottle
or 139.00 per case of 6 In Bond
Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2017
Featured in Langton's 'Top Six': The Best wines of 2018
95 Points - James Halliday
"This is Wickhams Road's twin playing games with you, for there is that little bit more of every facet of Wickhams Road present in this wine, even its colour is that little bit greener. It's the extra dimension of the faintly reductive aftertaste that draws me back for more."
£17.50 per bottle
Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2018
Featured in James Halliday's 2019 Top 100 Whites Under $25
95 Points - James Halliday
"This has the typical energy, finesse and drive that makes Hoddles Creek have a ‘must buy' tag year in, year out. It has all the power needed to cruise through the next 10 years, with grapefruit, Granny Smith apple and stone fruit decorated with a necklace of bracing acidity."
£17.50 per bottle
2015 Deep Woods
China Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold 2018
James Halliday "A number of batches picked, each whole bunch-pressed to used French oak barrels for wild fermentation and 6 months maturation on lees. Very much a la mode, reducing the impact of oak to the texture, not flavour, picking the grapes at the crucial moment to ensure maximum varietal expression (no wannabe sauvignon blanc), yet retain crisp acidity, and offering a Margaret River chardonnay at a mouthwatering price."
£17.95 per bottle
Exclusive to The Vinorium
97 Points - James Halliday
"A tiny 0.37ha interplanted with Bernard/Dijon and Gin Gin clones on south-facing deep silver grey sands. Wild fermented in new and used oak. Pale straw-green; highly fragrant/perfumed, palate fine and intense; minerally aftertaste. 13% alc, screwcap. Drink to 2030.
£27.95 per bottle